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Denzel Washington

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis (Lowe), from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at Fordham University, intent on a career in ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 67 wins & 103 nominations. See more awards »

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Training Day
Training Day Det. Alonzo Harris
American Gangster
American Gangster Frank Lucas
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Man on Fire John W. Creasy
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Inside Man Detective Keith Frazier


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  Inner City (pre-production)
Roman J. Israel
 2013 2 Guns
 1995-1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Humpty Dumpty / Crooked Man / King Omar
- Mother Goose (1997) ... Humpty Dumpty / Crooked Man (voice)
- Rumpelstiltskin (1995) ... King Omar (voice)
 1997 Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special (TV Movie)
Humpty Dumpty / The Crooked Man (voice)
 1992 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway (1992) ... Narrator (voice)
 1989 Glory
Pvt. Trip
 1984 License to Kill (TV Movie)
Martin Sawyer
 1979 Coriolanus (Video)
Aedile / Roman Citizen / Volscian Citizen / ...
 1979 Flesh & Blood (TV Movie)
 1977 Wilma (TV Movie)
Robert Eldridge, age 18
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Announced that he will co-star with Diahann Carroll in Lorraine Hansberry's latest revival of "A Raisin in the Sun", directed by Kenny Leon in New York City on Broadway at the Barrymore Theatre, beginning April 3, 2014 for 14-week limited engagement. See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 13 Interviews | 24 Articles | 9 Pictorials | 19 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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[on the whipping scene in Glory (1989)] - I remember walking around before that scene, just praying and calling on the spirits of all the slaves, because I didn't know how to play it. I was like, "Okay, fellas, just tell me what to do." And I went out there with an arrogance. I spit on the ground. I had this attitude and this strength -- it all came out of this meditation. It wasn't calculated. ... See more »


Won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for "Fences". See more »


Frequently works with director Edward Zwick See more »



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